According to the EPA, with the US population doubling over the past 50 years, our need for water has tripled. With nearly 40 states anticipating water shortages by the year 2024, the need for conserving water is more critical than ever. Additionally, our water bills have become incredibly costly, haven’t they? Unlike all other expenses, water rates have soared exponentially over the last decade, upwards of 70% (i.e. food has only increased 20%).
Here are some easy ways to cut down and conserve water use. Not only will you be making an eco-friendly and responsible decision, you’ll be cutting a good-sized chunk out of your monthly water bill.
Easy Ways To Conserve Water and Cut Down On Monthly Expenses.
Fix Those Leaky Faucets!
Little by little, those droplets add up in a big way. A faucet that is leaking 60 drops per minute will waste almost 200 gallons per month and over 2,300 gallons per year!
Wash Full Loads of Laundry.
Of course, there are some times when you just need to ‘throw a few things in the wash.’ Try not to make a regular habit of it. Not only does that waste water, it puts unnecessary wear and tear on your washing machine. Only wash full loads of laundry. Not only will it reduce the number of times you have to run the machine, it saves a great amount of water and will help you cut down on your monthly water bill. In addition, when it’s time to replace your washing machine, choose an energy efficient model.
Limit or Shorten Your Showers.
And if you’re able – do both! No one is saying not to bathe daily. But I’ll bet you know a few folks who like to hop in more than one shower a day – unless you’re covered in tar, it’s not necessary. Also, shower after working out, not before and after. Showers account for 17% of home water use, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Long showers will run up your water bill faster than anything else. The average shower is about 8 minutes long. See if you can cut it down to at least 6 minutes. You will soon notice a difference in
Use your Dishwasher!
Yes, you heard correctly. Believe it or not, running your dishwasher is more efficient and uses less water than handwashing your dishes. If you don’t have a dishwasher, put a stopper in the drain and fill the sink with sudsy water, rather than letting the water run. When using your dishwasher, be sure to wash a full load at once. You should never use the pre-rinse option, either. Keep the cycle simple. When it’s time to replace your dishwasher, opt for an energy-efficient model, as with your washing machine.
Turn off the Faucet When You Brush Your Teeth.
You’d be surprised how much water is wasted from a running faucet for two minutes. That’s 4 minutes per day; that is two whole hours of wasted running water per person a month.
Invest in a Smart Valve
A smart valve is a wise investment from homeowners to the investors of commercial real estate – not to mention businesses who heavily rely on large volumes of water (Car Washes, Hair Salons, Spas, golf courses, hospitals, stadiums.) The Smart Valve does not lessen the flow of water. It reduces the amount of air that the DEP reads as ‘total volume’ from your water meter, which can be as much as 30%. The Smart Valve compresses air, eliminating its volume before it reaches the water meter. As the meter no longer measures the air, you pay about 25% less on your monthly water bill.
Don’t let the Faucet Run While You’re Brushing Your Teeth
Letting the faucet run while you shave or brush your teeth is wasteful, as the vast majority of the water isn’t being used. Fill the sink with soapy water when you’re shaving; and be sure to shut off the water as you brush your teeth. Wet the toothbrush and rinse the toothbrush. That’s all you need to do.
Choose Low-Flow Toilets
How many people live in your household? Now think about how many times a day your toilet is flushed. Older toilets use between 3-7 gallons of water per flush. A high-efficiency toilet typically uses about 1-2 gallons per flush. You are saving a tremendous amount of water and cutting down tremendously on your water bill, as well.
Remember, water is a precious resource and we should all do our part in saving water!
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